10/25/13

From Ben Fronczek... Blessed Are those Who Mourn

Blessed Are those Who Mourn

Sermon on the Mount (Part 2) Blessed are those who Mourn – They shall be comforted”  Matthew 5:4 


(by Ben Froncek)



Opening Story: 

Jamie, at the age of four, and her sister, Kim, being five, like any other kids seem to have an endless supply of energy. So much so that their mom enjoys it when she can get them down for an afternoon nap. During those naps which often lasted about an hour, she would also take time to relax calling a friend, reading her favorite magazine or sometimes even taking a nap herself.
On one such occasion after she slipped off into that sweet sleep the girls got up and after seeing their mom sleeping went off to play. Sometimes they like to play in their mom’s bedroom. They loved to put on her shoes and hats and pretend that they were models. They wrap a scarf around their waist and would twirl around to watch them swirl. They would go over to her make-up table and would only eye it with oohs and ahs. Playing with their mom’s clothes was one thing, but they knew better not to touch anything on that table. Their mom warned them more than once not to touch a thing on it because it was a place where she kept all her precious things. As they gazed at the treasures that were spread across the table it was hard not to touch the pretty bottles and containers that were filled with perfume, lipstick and make-up. And at the back of the table against the mirror they saw her jewelry box. They definitely knew that was off limits. The table was also decorated with their mom’s favorite pictures and knick-knacks. There were pictures of grandmas and grandpas, picture of them when they were just babies and a new picture of their daddy in his army uniform in some place called Iraq. And there was also a small collection of beautiful glass flowers daddy had given her. Some were tiny and colorful. Some looked like violets, and one of her favorite glass flowers was a pink rose that stood tall and delicate on the end of a tall thin stem. As you know, if kids can’t touch and play with something the attention span of a four and five year will only last for a matter of minutes. It wasn’t too long before the girls were acting silly and resumed modeling their mom’s silliest hats and spiked shoes. And then it happened- after horsing and pushing one another they bumped into the table and they heard something break. As they look up they saw that their mom’s tall pink rose was now laying on the table in pieces. Jamie and Kim look at one another with an express of total shock. Jamie asked Kim, “What are we going to do?” with a little terror in her voice. A small tear began to develop in Kim’s eye, and she said, “I, I don’t know. That was mama’s favorite.” And then they both began to break down and quietly cry. That’s when the door quietly opened and mother first heard them quietly crying. She thought it was a bit odd because it wasn’t the kind of cry she heard when one of them got hurt, or when one was mad at the other. Together they were both quietly crying tears of sadness.  As they look up and saw their mother the tears really began to flow, and both girls began to choke out, “Mommy we are sorry, it was an accident.” Not knowing what they were talking about her eyes scanned her room and then settled on the broken glass rose. She sat down on the floor beside them looking so guilty as they wept, and then hugged them both. She said, “I can see they you are both so sorry for breaking my favorite rose. I am sad that it is broke, but I love you more than that piece of glass.” She held them and kissed them until they felt that they were loved and forgiven.

In Matthew 5:4 on the side of that mountain, Jesus told the people,  

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Have you ever felt as bad as those girls for doing something you shouldn’t have?  That’s what Jesus was talking about there; when we feel really bad and grieve because of what we have done. Proud, arrogant individuals are less likely to feel like this, but those who are poor in spirit, humble feel something when they mess up. Jesus lets us know that it is not the proud or the arrogant that will find blessing here but rather those who are humble enough to feel bad. He tells us that they are the ones who will be comforted.
I don’t think that there a better story in the Bible to illustrate this than the one found in:

 Luke 15:11-24  ” The Parable of the Lost Son 

   11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
   13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
   17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
   “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
   21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’   
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” (NIV)

Do you see the progression that takes place in this story? The selfish, self-centred young man wants his share of the inheritance, seemingly not caring about his dad’s nor his brother’s feelings, nor about the family business, nor does he seem very concerned about the family’s religion nor their morals.
He takes the money and runs to party it up. Then after the money dries up and famine strikes he can’t find suitable work, and ends up feeding pigs which is probably very demeaning for a Jew who consider this animal unclean.  He get to the point where he is so hungry  he even longs to eat the pig’s food. It is at this point he seemingly wakes up. His proud spirit is broken, and his thoughts wander back home where there was plenty, even for the servants.
But he knows what he did. He knows that he took advantage of and hurt his father. So he humbly goes back to his dad and confesses his own sin and is ready to work as a servant if his dad would only take him back.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,… and blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

His dad barely hears what he has to say and showers him with kisses, hugs, fine cloths and jewelry, and wants to throw a party.

  “Blessed are those who mourn, or they shall be comforted”

As Jesus stood and taught this sermon on the side of that hill that day, He begins by showing those who would follow Him the kind of heart that pleases the Lord; one that’s not proud or haughty, but rather one that is still sensitive enough that still feels something when you do something wrong. You actually feels bad and grieve about what you have done.

In Matthew 18:1-5, we read where the disciples came to Jesus with a question, let me read it to you:

  1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.  3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. “

There are too many people in the world today that just don’t care, and don’t feel things like an innocent child. Some of us over the years have become hardened; so much so that when we do things we ought not to do we no longer feel any remorse or grieve over what we have done. Jesus lets us know that if we get to that point, we rob our self of a blessing.    I think we rob our self of the  innocence which is precious and child-like. And so people find themselves doing even harsher, crueler, and even more vile things because their heart no longer grieves over such behavior. God loves the innocence heart of a child. And those who turn back to that humble state God promises to bless and comfort them.  Jesus even went as far as to say, “Unless you become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” 

My challenge for you this week is this: Think about the condition of your heart. Have you stopped feeling the kind of shame and guilt that is actually healthy for you? The kind of feelings that help keep us from becoming crude, foul mouthed, nasty, hurtful, rude, mean and selfish and the like?

I believe that Jesus was letting His disciples know that you can re-claim that innocent child-like heart again. But it begins but humbly turning to the Father like that prodigal son returning home and asking his dad for forgiveness.   And then we need choose to stop doing those things that we know we shouldn’t be doing in the first place.  Sometimes it’s hard to stop doing certain things we’ve done for a long time, but I believe God will help us win over these things.
And if you mess up along the way? 

The Apostle John wrote in his first epistle, (1:9) 

 “If we confess our sins, He (that is God) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

We need to remember, that more than anything else God loves us.  Just like that mother loved her two girls, and the father loved his prodigal son. Father God loves us dearly. 

So can you do that? Can you go backwards and become more childlike and innocent?  I know you can.

I challenge you to do it!


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From Jim McGuiggan... Now you see it, now you don't — Phil 4.13


Now you see it, now you don't — 

Phil 4.13


Frustration and all that goes with it and can grow out of it (including depression and resentment) comes when our eager expectations are consistently not met. You see this in Christians a lot when you would think that they’d be the happiest people in the world. Well...that’s saying too much—is it not?
But look at this. In Philippians 4:13 Paul says, "I can do all things in him who strengthens me." And then in 4:19 he says, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

What are we to think of such claims? I know what we’ve done with them for ages. Let’s see, we make "all things" all things (why wouldn’t we?) and we make "can do" of immediate effect (why wouldn’t we?) so that there’s nothing the believer can’t do. Sensibly we don’t apply "all things" to matters outside of living for God and furthering his purpose. I can’t turn scrap iron into gold, for example, or sprout wings and fly. We rightly sniff at such nonsense and feel sure that Paul’s experience, while it’s unlimited in its area, should be restricted to life before God. That makes sense. But in what way does it make sense? God would rather that I did not sin and since he is in me to enable me to do "all things" then it should follow that I can be sinless. No? Why not?

Now imagine some poor soul that’s plagued by a particular sin. Let’s make it one of the ones we usually zero in on. He repeatedly falls to sexual temptation or maybe he can’t keep his gossiping mouth shut. He reads Philippians 4:13, or more probably, he hears the preacher going on about it, and he thinks, "there’s nothing I cannot do because God strengthens me so I ought to be able to control my mouth or my desires." But he continues to fail when he tries to get control of his blabbering mouth or keep his hands to himself. How does he explain that? How does the preacher or teacher explain it?

Well certainly God offers the strength to overcome the sin but we must want it. [Hmmm. That sounds like a bit of fine print that you have to use a magnifying glass to see in Philippians 4.] What is our failing sinner to think? If he wants the strength to overcome the sin, then he gets it. But the fact is that he’s been wanting this overcoming strength for years so why doesn’t he have it? The answer’s obvious, isn’t it? He mustn’t really want it. [Ah, I see. The fine print has fine print.] Yes, but our struggler has always thought he really wanted it; he’s wept sore over it and prayed fervently against the sin, as he pursued purity or mouth-control. Perhaps, but it takes more than prayer to access the overcoming power of God. You must purpose and act on preventing the re-occurrence, maybe even set up a protective network of friends. [So, the text isn’t nearly as simple as it looks. In fact, it’s a bit of a scam to quote it as if it were that simple—"It’s simply a matter of trusting that it’s true."] Well naturally it’s not that simple. But our struggler didn’t just trust and pray, he purposed and set up hurdles against the usurper, even went for counselling and such like—all to no avail. What now? More fine print?

Well, God doesn’t always answer prayers in an instant. How about within a week or a month or a decade, or what about half a life time? And so we add caveats to qualifiers and "buts" to plain affirmations. Before we know it Philippians 4:13 is hardly recognisable as the passage we smilingly (and glibly?) quote; the passage we quote with something of an implied demand in it (since Philippians 4:13’s true, you need to behave and make no excuses!).

Sometimes we think that biblical texts are spoken/written in a vacuum. But this simply isn’t true. Existential realities are assumed as Paul and people like him speak or write. They know very well that there’s no such thing as moral "magic" and they know very well that acts of sin are all tangled up in the vast network of a human’s experiences, fears, shaping, emotional pre-dispositions, habits and felt needs. They know very well that a recurring sin isn’t cured without a change in the struggler’s inner structure. The act may be effectively blocked by numerous hurdles built against it (a good thing too) but it’s hardly a cure. Since they know all these things and assume them all as true even while they write, we mustn’t quote them as if they were stupid or sheerly simplistic. We need to stop promising instant transformation. Instant coffee, instant oats, tanning creams, maybe—but not instant transformation.

So does Philippians 4:13,19 mean nothing? No, that can never be true, but it’s time we stopped dabbling with texts; it’s time we stopped quoted verses that are rooted in other rich complex truths as if the verses stood alone. Stop promising things God didn’t promise! We lead masses to think that God has promised this or that and when he doesn’t come up with it serious self-doubt is generated in the believer who begins to think he doesn’t truly want God’s will. Or resentment is provoked against God who, it appears, won’t keep his word.

So does Philippians 4:13,19 mean nothing? Certainly not! What does it mean then? Work with it!


From Mark Copeland... The Art Of Making Peace (Philippians 4:1-3)

                    "THE EPISTLE TO THE PHILIPPIANS"

                     The Art Of Making Peace (4:1-3)

INTRODUCTION

1. Even in "good" churches you often find brethren who have differences
   with each other; such was the case with the church at Philippi

2. As Paul continues with various exhortations to the Christian life, at
   this point in his epistle he addresses his comments concerning a rift
   that apparently existed among two members at Philippi (4:1-3)

3. How Paul approaches the sensitive task of trying to make peace between
   Euodia and Syntyche provides several lessons in the use of tact
   a. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to be known as "peacemakers"
      (Mt 5:9)
   b. From Paul, then, let us learn what we can about "The Art Of Making
      Peace"

[The first lesson, gleaned from verse one, is...]

I. THE PEACEMAKER MUST LOVE THOSE ON BOTH SIDES (1)

   A. PAUL STARTS OUT BY EXPRESSING HIS LOVE...
      1. Note the terms used by Paul...
         a. "my brothers"
         b. "beloved and longed for"
         c. "my joy and crown"
         d. "beloved"
      2. Truly Paul loved the people at Philippi!

   B. PEACEMAKERS MUST DO THE SAME...
      1. They must have sincere love for those on both sides of an issue
      2. They must be able and willing to express their love, as did Paul
      3. Otherwise, they cannot be useful arbitrators in making peace
         a. Loving one side, and not the other, makes impartial judgments
            impossible
         b. The peacemaker's advice and counsel will be open to suspicion

[With mutual love for those on both sides, the peacemaker is in a
position to render a fair evaluation of the problem and the solution.

Next, we see that...]

II. THE PEACEMAKER SHOULD TREAT BOTH SIDES TENDERLY AND EQUALLY (2)

   A. IN THE CASE OF PAUL...
      1. Note the use of the verb "implore" (KJV, "beseech") - parakaleo
         {par-ak-al-eh'-o}
         a. To call to one's side, call for, summon
         b. To address, speak to, (call to, call upon), which may be done
            in the way of exhortation, entreaty, comfort, instruction,
            etc.
         -- Rather than command, Paul chooses to plead with them
      2. Note the repeated and equal use of the verb "implore"
         a. "I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche"
         b. Rather than take sides, Paul treats them both tenderly and
            equally

   B. THERE IS A NEED FOR SUCH PEACEMAKERS TODAY...
      1. Individuals who will use tenderness and fairness in treating
         those in a dispute
      2. Again, remaining impartial, so the counsel will not tainted with
         any accusation of bias

[The next insight we can glean from Paul in "The Art Of Making Peace" 
is...]

III. THE PEACEMAKER MUST SEEK FOR ONENESS OF MIND (2)

   A. NOTE PAUL'S OBJECTIVE...
      1. That Euodia and Syntyche "be of the same mind in the Lord"
      2. A concern of Paul already expressed in this epistle, that there
         be  - Php 1:27; 2:2
      3. But now applied especially to these two ladies

   B. IN MAKING PEACE, THERE MUST BE ONENESS OF MIND...
      1. In many "peace agreements", the participants have not truly
         reached a oneness of mind, only a compromise
      2. Such "agreements" are often only temporary, destroyed when the
         remaining differences eventually resurface
      3. For Christians, seeking to "be of the same mind in the Lord"
         becomes easy if we all strive to have "the mind of Christ" 
         - Php 2:2-5

[Not content with only a "cessation of hostilities", the peacemaker 
seeks to go much further, dealing with the divisiveness of mind that is 
the true cause of the problem.

Note also, that...]

IV. THE PEACEMAKER MUST USE ASSISTANCE WHEN AVAILABLE (3)

   A. PAUL WAS NOT TOO PROUD TO CALL FOR HELP...
      1. He sought out the assistance of "Syzygus"
         a. Literally, "yoke-fellow, true companion"
         b. Possibly his true name, which if so, he was being called upon
            by Paul to live up to his name!
      2. Paul wanted this individual to help these ladies out

   B. PEACEMAKERS WILL GLADLY USE THE HELP OTHERS CAN GIVE...
      1. Humble, they do not feel like they have to do it all
      2. Aware of others who may be in a position to provide counsel or
         other means of help, they will glad utilize them
      3. Their goal is to make peace, not a reputation for themselves!

[Finally, we can glean from Paul that...]

V. THE PEACEMAKER MUST SEE THE GOOD AND GIVE CREDIT WHEN DUE (3)

   A. PAUL DID NOT LOSE SIGHT OF WHOSE THESE WOMEN WERE...
      1. They had labored with Paul in the gospel
      2. They had labored with Clement
      3. They had labored with Paul's other fellow-workers as well (who
         though unmentioned by name, had their names in the "Book of
         Life" - cf. Re 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:12,15; 21:27; 22:19)

   B. SO PEACEMAKERS MUST REMEMBER THE GOOD IN THOSE WITH WHOM THEY
      DEAL...
      1. It is so easy to forget that those having problems likely have
         much good to their credit
      2. Recognizing this and giving credit where it is due increases the
         likelihood that one's advice will be heeded

CONCLUSION

1. In a world that is as divided as ours, there is a grave need for those
   who can serve as faithful and effective "peacemakers"

2. Hopefully, by considering and applying "The Art Of Making Peace" as
   exemplified by the apostle Paul in this passage, we may be useful to
   the Lord when called upon to bring divided people together!

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011


From Gary... Bible Reading and Study October 25




Bible Reading and Study   


October 25


The World English Bible


Oct. 25
Song of Solomon 5, 6

Son 5:1 I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Friends Eat, friends! Drink, yes, drink abundantly, beloved. Beloved
Son 5:2 I was asleep, but my heart was awake. It is the voice of my beloved who knocks: "Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; for my head is filled with dew, and my hair with the dampness of the night."
Son 5:3 I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on? I have washed my feet. Indeed, must I soil them?
Son 5:4 My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him.
Son 5:5 I rose up to open for my beloved. My hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock.
Son 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved left; and had gone away. My heart went out when he spoke. I looked for him, but I didn't find him. I called him, but he didn't answer.
Son 5:7 The watchmen who go about the city found me. They beat me. They bruised me. The keepers of the walls took my cloak away from me.
Son 5:8 I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, that you tell him that I am faint with love. Friends
Son 5:9 How is your beloved better than another beloved, you fairest among women? How is your beloved better than another beloved, that you do so adjure us? Beloved
Son 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy. The best among ten thousand.
Son 5:11 His head is like the purest gold. His hair is bushy, black as a raven.
Son 5:12 His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks, washed with milk, mounted like jewels.
Son 5:13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices with towers of perfumes. His lips are like lilies, dropping liquid myrrh.
Son 5:14 His hands are like rings of gold set with beryl. His body is like ivory work overlaid with sapphires.
Son 5:15 His legs are like pillars of marble set on sockets of fine gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
Son 5:16 His mouth is sweetness; yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem. Friends
Son 6:1 Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? Beloved
Son 6:2 My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Son 6:3 I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine. He browses among the lilies,
Son 6:4 You are beautiful, my love, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners.
Son 6:5 Turn away your eyes from me, for they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats, that lie along the side of Gilead.
Son 6:6 Your teeth are like a flock of ewes, which have come up from the washing; of which every one has twins; none is bereaved among them.
Son 6:7 Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.
Son 6:8 There are sixty queens, eighty concubines, and virgins without number.
Son 6:9 My dove, my perfect one, is unique. She is her mother's only daughter. She is the favorite one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed; the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
Son 6:10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning, beautiful as the moon, clear as the sun, and awesome as an army with banners?
Son 6:11 I went down into the nut tree grove, to see the green plants of the valley, to see whether the vine budded, and the pomegranates were in flower.
Son 6:12 Without realizing it, my desire set me with my royal people's chariots. Friends
Son 6:13 Return, return, Shulammite! Return, return, that we may gaze at you. Lover Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite, as at the dance of Mahanaim?



The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation

The Composite Bible is a effort to understand the Bible by considering it from different perspectives and different levels of literalcy. First, read the World English Bible (the least literal-black text) for comprehension of the text. Next, read both the World English Bible with the Darby Translation (more literal-blue text)to make comparisons and lastly, read all three versions (Young's is the most literal translation- red text) at one time to obtain an overview of the text. Doing this will make you think about what the Scriptures are actually saying and avoid reading in a superficial manner.
Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon 5 1
I have come into my garden, my sister, my bride. I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I
have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. Friends Eat,
friends! Drink, yes, drink abundantly, beloved. Beloved
I am come into my garden, my sister, [my] spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my
spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, beloved ones!
I have come in to my garden, my sister-spouse, I have plucked my myrrh with my
spice, I have eaten my comb with my honey, I have drunk my wine with my milk.
Eat, O friends, drink, Yea, drink abundantly, O beloved ones!
Song of Solomon 5 2
I was asleep, but my heart was awake. It is the voice of my beloved who knocks: Open to me,
my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; For my head is filled with dew, My hair with the
dampness of the night.
I slept, but my heart was awake. The voice of my beloved! he knocketh: Open to me, my
sister, my love, my dove, mine undefiled; For my head is filled with dew, My locks with
the drops of the night.
I am sleeping, but my heart waketh: The sound of my beloved knocking! `Open to
me, my sister, my friend, My dove, my perfect one, For my head is filled [with]
dew, My locks [with] drops of the night.`
Song of Solomon 5 3
I have taken off my robe. Indeed, must I put it on? I have washed my feet. Indeed, must I soil
them?
-- I have put off my tunic, how should I put it on? I have washed my feet, how should I
pollute them? --
I have put off my coat, how do I put it on? I have washed my feet, how do I defile them?
Song of Solomon 5 4
My beloved thrust his hand in through the latch opening. My heart pounded for him.
My beloved put in his hand by the hole [of the door]; And my bowels yearned for him.
My beloved sent his hand from the net-work, And my bowels were moved for him.
Song of Solomon 5 5
I rose up to open for my beloved. My hands dripped with myrrh, My fingers with liquid
myrrh, On the handles of the lock.
I rose up to open to my beloved; And my hands dropped with myrrh, And my fingers with
liquid myrrh, Upon the handles of the lock.
I rose to open to my beloved, And my hands dropped myrrh, Yea, my fingers
flowing myrrh, On the handles of the lock.
Song of Solomon 5 6
I opened to my beloved; But my beloved left; gone away. My heart went out when he spoke. I
looked for him, but I didn`t find him. I called him, but he didn`t answer.
I opened to my beloved; But my beloved had withdrawn himself; he was gone: My soul
went forth when he spoke. I sought him, but I found him not; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
I opened to my beloved, But my beloved withdrew -- he passed on, My soul went forth when he spake, I sought him, and found him not. I called him, and he  answered me not.
Song of Solomon 5 7
The watchmen who go about the city found me. They beat me. They bruised me. The keepers
of the walls took my cloak away from me.
The watchmen that went about the city found me; They smote me, they wounded me; The
keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
The watchmen who go round about the city, Found me, smote me, wounded me, Keepers of the walls lifted up my veil from off me.
Song of Solomon 5 8
I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, If you find my beloved, That you tell him that I am faint with love. Friends
I charge you, daughters of Jerusalem, If ye find my beloved, ... What will ye tell him? --
That I am sick of love.
I have adjured you, daughters of Jerusalem, If ye find my beloved -- What do ye tell
him? that I [am] sick with love!
Song of Solomon 5 9
How is your beloved better than another beloved, You fairest among women? How is your
beloved better than another beloved, That you do so adjure us? Beloved
What is thy beloved more than [another] beloved, Thou fairest among women? What is thy
beloved more than [another] beloved, That thou dost so charge us?
What [is] thy beloved above [any] beloved, O fair among women? What [is] thy
beloved above [any] beloved, That thus thou hast adjured us?
Song of Solomon 5 10
My beloved is white and ruddy. The best among ten thousand.
My beloved is white and ruddy, The chiefest among ten thousand.
My beloved [is] clear and ruddy, Conspicuous above a myriad!
Song of Solomon 5 11
His head is like the purest gold. His hair is bushy, black as a raven.
His head is [as] the finest gold; His locks are flowing, black as the raven;
His head [is] pure gold -- fine gold, His locks flowing, dark as a raven,
Song of Solomon 5 12
His eyes are like doves beside the water brooks, Washed with milk, mounted like jewels.
His eyes are like doves by the water-brooks, Washed with milk, fitly set;
His eyes as doves by streams of water, Washing in milk, sitting in fulness.
Song of Solomon 5 13
His cheeks are like a bed of spices with towers of perfumes. His lips are like lilies, dropping
liquid myrrh.
His cheeks are as a bed of spices, raised beds of sweet plants; His lips lilies, dropping
liquid myrrh.
His cheeks as a bed of the spice, towers of perfumes, His lips [are] lilies, dropping
flowing myrrh,
Song of Solomon 5 14
His hands are like rings of gold set with beryl. His body is like ivory work overlaid with
sapphires.
His hands gold rings, set with the chrysolite; His belly is bright ivory, overlaid [with]
sapphires;
His hands rings of gold, set with beryl, His heart bright ivory, covered with sapphires,
Song of Solomon 5 15
His legs are like pillars of marble set on sockets of fine gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
His legs, pillars of marble, set upon bases of fine gold: His bearing as Lebanon, excellent
as the cedars;
His limbs pillars of marble, Founded on sockets of fine gold, His appearance as
Lebanon, choice as the cedars.
Song of Solomon 5 16
His mouth is sweetness; Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, Daughters of Jerusalem. Friends
His mouth is most sweet: Yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, yea, this is my
friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
His mouth is sweetness -- and all of him desirable, This [is] my beloved, and this
my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!
Song of Solomon 6 1
Where has your beloved gone, you fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? Beloved
Whither is thy beloved gone, Thou fairest among women? Whither is thy beloved turned
aside? And we will seek him with thee.
Whither hath thy beloved gone, O fair among women? Whither hath thy beloved
turned, And we seek him with thee?
Song of Solomon 6 2
My beloved has gone down to his garden, To the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, To feed in the gardens and
to gather lilies.
My beloved went down to his garden, To the beds of the spice, To delight himself
in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
Song of Solomon 6 3
I am my beloved`s, and my beloved is mine. He browses among the lilies,
I am my beloved`s, and my beloved is mine: He feedeth [his flock] among the lilies.
I [am] my beloved`s, and my beloved [is] mine, Who is delighting himself among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 6 4
You are beautiful, my love, as Tirzah, Lovely as Jerusalem, Awesome as an army with banners.
Thou art fair, my love, as Tirzah, Comely as Jerusalem, Terrible as troops with banners:
Fair [art] thou, my friend, as Tirzah, Comely as Jerusalem, Awe-inspiring as bannered hosts.
Song of Solomon 6 5
Turn away your eyes from me, For they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats, That lie along the side of Gilead.
Turn away thine eyes from me, For they overcome me. Thy hair is as a flock of goats On
the slopes of Gilead.
Turn round thine eyes from before me, Because they have made me proud. Thy
hair [is] as a row of the goats, That have shone from Gilead,
Song of Solomon 6 6
Your teeth are like a flock of ewes, Which have come up from the washing; Of which every one has twins; None is bereaved among them.
Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep Which go up from the washing; Which have all borne
twins, And none is barren among them.
Thy teeth as a row of the lambs, That have come up from the washing, Because all
of them are forming twins, And a bereaved one is not among them.
Song of Solomon 6 7
Your temples are like a piece of a pomegranate behind your veil.
As a piece of a pomegranate are thy temples Behind thy veil.
As the work of the pomegranate [is] thy temple behind thy veil.
Song of Solomon 6 8
There are sixty queens, eighty concubines, And virgins without number.
There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, And virgins without number:
Sixty are queens, and eighty concubines, And virgins without number.
Song of Solomon 6 9
My dove, my perfect one, is unique. She is her mother`s only daughter. She is the favorite one of her who bore her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed, The queens and the
concubines, and they praised her.
My dove, mine undefiled, is but one; She is the only one of her mother, She is the choice
one of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and they called her blessed; The queens
and the concubines, and they praised her.
One is my dove, my perfect one, One she [is] of her mother, The choice one she [is]
of her that bare her, Daughters saw, and pronounce her happy, Queens and
concubines, and they praise her.
Song of Solomon 6 10
Who is she who looks forth as the morning, Beautiful as the moon, Clear as the sun,
Awesome as an army with banners?
Who is she that looketh forth as the dawn, Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, Terrible as
troops with banners?
`Who [is] this that is looking forth as morning, Fair as the moon -- clear as the sun,
Awe-inspiring as bannered hosts?`
Song of Solomon 6 11
I went down into the nut tree grove, To see the green plants of the valley, To see whether the vine budded, And the pomegranates were in flower.
I went down into the garden of nuts, To see the verdure of the valley, To see whether the
vine budded, Whether the pomegranates blossomed.
Unto a garden of nuts I went down, To look on the buds of the valley, To see
whither the vine had flourished, The pomegranates had blossomed --
Song of Solomon 6 12
Without realizing it, My desire set me with my royal people`s chariots. Friends
Before I was aware, My soul set me upon the chariots of my willing people.
I knew not my soul, It made me -- chariots of my people Nadib.
Song of Solomon 6 13
Return, return, Shulammite! Return, return, that we may gaze at you. Lover Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite, As at the dance of Mahanaim?
Return, return, O Shulamite; Return, return, that we may look upon thee. -- What would
ye look upon in the Shulamite? -- As it were the dance of two camps.
Return, return, O Shulammith! Return, return, and we look upon thee. What do ye see in Shulammith?


Study Questions


The vineyard of the LORD of Hosts is_________________? 5:7

Why are "my people" in captivity? 5:13 with 5:8-12

What was put upon Isaiah's mouth? 6:7



 The World English Bible


 
Oct. 25
1 Thessalonians 2

1Th 2:1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain,
1Th 2:2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict.
1Th 2:3 For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.
1Th 2:4 But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
1Th 2:5 For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),
1Th 2:6 nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ.
1Th 2:7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
1Th 2:8 Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.
1Th 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God.
1Th 2:10 You are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe.
1Th 2:11 As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children,
1Th 2:12 to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory.
1Th 2:13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe.
1Th 2:14 For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews;
1Th 2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and didn't please God, and are contrary to all men;
1Th 2:16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost.
1Th 2:17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire,
1Th 2:18 because we wanted to come to you--indeed, I, Paul, once and again--but Satan hindered us.
1Th 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you, before our Lord Jesus at his coming?
1Th 2:20 For you are our glory and our joy. 



 
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1 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 2 1
For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you hasn`t been found vain,
For ye know yourselves, brethren, our entering in which [we had] to you, that it has not been in vain;
For yourselves have known, brethren, our entrance in unto you, that it did not become vain,
1 Thessalonians 2 2
but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the gospel of God in much conflict.
but, having suffered before and been insulted, even as ye know, in Philippi, we were bold
in our God to speak unto you the glad tidings of God with much earnest striving.
but having both suffered before, and having been injuriously treated (as ye have known) in Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the good news of God in much conflict,
1 Thessalonians 2 3
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.
For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile;
for our exhortation [is] not out of deceit, nor out of uncleanness, nor in guile,
1 Thessalonians 2 4
But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
but even as we have been approved of God to have the glad tidings entrusted to us, so we
speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who proves our hearts.
but as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the good news, so we
speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who is proving our hearts,
1 Thessalonians 2 5
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of
covetousness (God is witness),
For we have not at any time been [among you] with flattering discourse, even as ye know,
nor with a pretext for covetousness, God [is] witness;
for at no time did we come with speech of flattery, (as ye have known,) nor in a
pretext for covetousness, (God [is] witness!)
1 Thessalonians 2 6
nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ.
nor seeking glory from men, neither from you nor from others, when we might have been
a charge as Christ`s apostles;
nor seeking of men glory, neither from you nor from others, being able to be
burdensome, as Christ`s apostles.
1 Thessalonians 2 7
But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherishes her own children.
but have been gentle in the midst of you, as a nurse would cherish her own children.
But we became gentle in your midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children,
1 Thessalonians 2 8
Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.
Thus, yearning over you, we had found our delight in having imparted to you not only the
glad tidings of God, but our own lives also, because ye had become beloved of us.
so being desirous of you, we are well-pleased to impart to you not only the good
news of God, but also our own souls, because beloved ye have become to us,
1 Thessalonians 2 9
For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail. Working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
For ye remember, brethren, our labour and toil: working night and day, not to be
chargeable to any one of you, we have preached to you the glad tidings of God.
for ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail, for, night and day working
not to be a burden upon any of you, we did preach to you the good news of God;
1 Thessalonians 2 10
You are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe.
*Ye* [are] witnesses, and God, how piously and righteously and blamelessly we have
conducted ourselves with you that believe:
ye [are] witnesses -- God also -- how kindly and righteously, and blamelessly to you who believe we became,
1 Thessalonians 2 11
As you know how we exhorted, comforted, and implored everyone of you, as a father does his own children,
as ye know how, as a father his own children, we used to exhort each one of you, and
comfort and testify,
even as ye have known, how each one of you, as a father his own children, we are
exhorting you, and comforting, and testifying,
1 Thessalonians 2 12
to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
that ye should walk worthy of God, who calls you to his own kingdom and glory.
for your walking worthily of God, who is calling you to His own reign and glory.
1 Thessalonians 2 13
For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you received from us the word of the message of God, you accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe.
And for this cause we also give thanks to God unceasingly that, having received [the]
word of [the] report of God by us, ye accepted, not men`s word, but, even as it is truly,
God`s word, which also works in you who believe.
Because of this also, we -- we do give thanks to God continually, that, having
received the word of hearing from us of God, ye accepted, not the word of man,
but as it is truly, the word of God, who also doth work in you who believe;
1 Thessalonians 2 14
For you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did  from the Jews;
For *ye*, brethren, have become imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judaea in
Christ Jesus; for *ye* also have suffered the same things of your own countrymen as also *they* of the Jews,
for ye became imitators, brethren, of the assemblies of God that are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because such things ye suffered, even ye, from your own countrymen, as also they from the Jews,
1 Thessalonians 2 15
who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and didn`t please God, and are contrary to all men;
who have both slain the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and have driven us out by
persecution, and do not please God, and [are] against all men,
who did both put to death the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and did
persecute us, and God they are not pleasing, and to all men [are] contrary,
1 Thessalonians 2 16
forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost.
forbidding us to speak to the nations that they may be saved, that they may fill up their
sins always: but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.
forbidding us to speak to the nations that they might be saved, to fill up their
sins always, but the anger did come upon them -- to the end!
1 Thessalonians 2 17
But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire,
But we, brethren, having been bereaved of you and separated for a little moment in
person, not in heart, have used more abundant diligence to see your face with much
desire;
And we, brethren, having been taken from you for the space of an hour -- in
presence, not in heart -- did hasten the more abundantly to see your face in much desire,
1 Thessalonians 2 18
because we wanted to come to you -- indeed, I, Paul, once and again -- but Satan hindered us.
wherefore we have desired to come to you, even I Paul, both once and twice, and Satan has
hindered us.
wherefore we wished to come unto you, (I indeed Paul,) both once and again, and
the Adversary did hinder us;
1 Thessalonians 2 19
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn`t it even you, before our Lord Jesus at his coming?
For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting? [are] not *ye* also before our Lord
Jesus at his coming?
for what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? are not even ye before our
Lord Jesus Christ in his presence?
1 Thessalonians 2 20
For you are our glory and our joy.
for ye are our glory and joy.
for ye are our glory and joy.
 

 Study Questions

Describe what the Thessalonians meant to Paul? 2:19, 20